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  •  Demos the Ease with Which Info Flow Can Stop (17+ / 0-)

    The progressive, reality based movement has grown explosively because of the ability to freely post information on the Internet via web sites.

    As I pointed out in a diary a month or more ago, the neutral, free flow of information on the Internet is increasingly coming under attack. The police state tactics employed to eavesdrop on telecommunications can and will be applied to Internet traffic, as well as to manipulate and direct or redirect such traffic.

    Bringing and end to a web site, any web site, is as easy as is illustrated in this example. Just demand that the company hosting the DNS (domain name service) root entry for the domain name be removed, and presto, within a matter of hours, no one can resolve the name and hit the web site. It is as simple as that. In the absence of the name resolution to the IP address hosting the site, it is gone. Only if you know the direct IP number will you be able to get to it, unless of course, the web site itself is shut down, or traffic to that IP also filtered and blocked by the hosting ISP.

    Any government willing to take such steps could stop the communication that goes on freely now on the Internet within a matter of an hour or two through a coordinated shutdown of web sites they no longer want to be available.

    Please, after watching the telecoms completely ignore the rule of law and do whatever ordered by the government, please do not tell me this could never happen because of legal safeguards. At this point, with this administration, who the )O*U(*Y are you kidding?

    It is as simple as that.

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